Originally Posted by sandy2u1
What bothers me more than her thinking that you are the never ending money supply is that she sees horses as objects. I understand that you want her to enjoy the social aspect of horses. I really think you mean well. However, she has a far more important lesson that needs learning. She needs to learn that animals are living beings and must be cared for no matter what. Make her get out there and clean stalls, feed and water. Make her ride her horse for the sole purpose of giving him exercise.
When she understands that horses are living beings that cannot be disposed of and knows that she will have to care for the horse even when she tires of it, then she will be able to better tell you whether she wants another horse or not.
She never stopped grooming her or paying attention to her, she just stopped riding her. Basically, she feels like its no longer fun to ride her mare, so then we started back up lessons, and then when spring started coming she started riding my husbands gelding. Normally she doesn't get a lot of lessons, because 1. I can teach her riding from my 30 years experience, and 2. At this point there just repeating what she's already been told and knows how to do, she's just not applying it. My daughter does know how to ride, she just cuts herself short, and whenever I try and help her by pushing her a bit she gets really emotional.